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Whittier drops Newton South 64-49 in consolation game of IAABO Board 130 Basketball Classic

Michaela Martin (18 points) sees an opening to the basket

Michaela Martin (18 points) sees an opening to the basket

Emily Chang (23 points) fires a three

Emily Chang (23 points) fires a three

(Danvers MA)  Whittier overpowered Newton South, 64-49, in the consolation game on Monday afternoon in the IAABO Board 130 Basketball Classic held at St. John‘s Prep.

Sophomore Emily Chang of Newton South led all scorers with twenty-three points including six three’s.

Juniors Michaela Martin (18 points) and Kayla Riley (17 points) paced Whittier.

The Wildcats (15-6) dropped a tight one (40-38) to Boston Latin on Sunday in the opening round.  In that game, Whittier had chances down the stretch but didn’t finish.  A lot of Whittier’s problems were caused by 6-2 Maggie Mulligan.  The BL senior registered a triple double (12 points/19 rebounds/10 blocks) in the Wolfpack win.

Newton South did not have a shot blocker of Maggie Mullins (going to UMass) caliber and so Whittier spent most of this afternoon driving with confidence to the basket.  Whittier’s inside shots didn’t always go in but fouls were called (26) and free throws were awarded (44).

Newton South (5-13) was content to fire from long range and they did make eleven 3’s.  Impressively effective from downtown was Emily Chang who had the green light every time she saw daylight.

The Wildcats had the lead (7-5) five minutes into the first quarter before the Lions struck from long range three times over the next four minutes.

Jessa Rubera breaks in

Jessa Rubera breaks in

Emily Chang connected twice and senior Jessa Rubera once, as part of 15-2 Newtown South surge.  Lauren Levey hit a jump shot and an old-fashioned three at the end of that run.

So, one minute into the second quarter NS was in front, 20-9, and hardly looking like a team with only five wins this season.

But that terrific four minutes of Lions’ shot making shut down for the next five minutes.   The NS lack of offense was not related to turnovers, the Lions just kept missing.

Meanwhile, Whittier started to roll up the points.  There were 3-pointers and layups (Kayla Riley & Michaela Martin had both) as well as free throws (five).  By the time NS got a stop-the-bleeding three by Emily Chang the Wildcats had put together a run of seventeen unanswered points.

Kayla Riley (17 points) sights the basket

Kayla Riley (17 points) sights the basket

The lengthy point splurge gave Whittier the lead, 26-20, with 2 minutes left until halftime.  The Wildcats would keep the lead the rest of the way.

The Lions moved back within two (31-29) one minute into the second half but Whittier followed with nine straight points to boost their margin to double figures (40-29) with 2:25 left in the third quarter.  Samnell Vonleh, Andrea Terranova, and Michaela Martin turned up layups in the run.

Newton South was unable to get closer than seven points the rest of the way.

Whittier ended up winning by fifteen but when you look at their free throw stats you can envision what could have been.  The Wildcats made only twenty-one of forty-four free throw attempts!

Whittier is in Division 4 while the other three girls’ teams in this tourney are in Division 1.  The Wildcats have played a number of higher division teams this season.  Sometimes facing tougher opponents pays off when tournament time rolls around.

The Wildcats were 22-2 last year and lost to Fenway in the Division 4 North final to Fenway.  It looks as if Whittier will again have to go through (15-2) Fenway to get the D4 North title.

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Newton South box

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Dominique Ortiz leans into Lauren Levey

Dominique Ortiz leans into Lauren Levey

Samnett Vonleh (#24)

Samnett Vonleh (#24)

Michaela Martin covered by Emily Chang

Michaela Martin covered by Emily Chang

Xciana Flores gets fouled by both Shayla Kelly and Lauren Levey

Xciana Flores gets fouled by both Shayla Kelly and Lauren Levey

Emily Chang (#12) tries to catch Kiana Guadaloupe

Emily Chang (#12) tries to catch Kiana Guadaloupe

Roni Tamir caught in a Whittier trap

Roni Tamir caught in a Whittier trap

Andrea Terranova heads for the hoop

Andrea Terranova heads for the hoop

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Last-minute rally gets Whittier past Newburyport 57-51

Lilly Donovan guards Andrea Terranova (16 points)

Lilly Donovan guards Andrea Terranova (16 points)

Emily Pettigrew (21 points) shoots over 6-3 Samnell Vonleh

Emily Pettigrew (21 points) shoots over 6-3 Samnell Vonleh

(Newburyport MA) The Whittier Tech girls had ten-point runs in both halves and defeated Newburyport, 57-51, on Monday afternoon in non-league action.

The second ten-point streak happened in the final minute and enabled WT to overcome a four-point deficit and pull out a victory.

The Wildcats (7-2) had only two three’s in the first three quarters but connected on two straight (Andrea Terranova & Michaela Martin) in the last minute to jump ahead, 53-51, with thirty-two seconds left.

Andrea (16 points) and Michaela (16 points) closed things out with four consecutive free throws.

At the same time everything was going right for the visitors from Haverhill, the home-team Clippers (9-3) will do best to forget what happened when they had the ball in the last minute.

After Whittier’s first three, the Clippers still had a one-point lead (51-50).  However, Aly Leahy missed the front end of a one-and-one in the possession before WT’s second three gave them the lead with 32 seconds left.

Down by only two (53-51), again with plenty of time to score, the Clippers turned the ball over in the backcourt and fouled the stealer (Andrea Terranova).  Andrea made both free throws.

Samnell Vonleh ready to block Abbie Bresnahan in the last minute

Samnell Vonleh ready to block Abbie Bresnahan in the last minute

Now down four (55-51), Abbie Bresnahan had a shot blocked out-of-bounds by 6-3 Samnell Vonleh.  Still time left, Emily Pettigrew traveled.  The Clippers were forced to foul and Michaela Martin finished things with two free throws.

The loss diminished the glow of a terrific performance by Newburyport’s Emily Pettigrew.  The 6-foot sophomore tallied twenty-one points and seemed unfazed by WT’s size and physical play.

The Clippers built up a ten-point lead (21-11) 1 1/2 minutes into the second quarter.  Some of that success for Newburyport was the way Mary Pettigrew kept the Wildcats Michaela Martin in check.

Trailing by ten, Whittier put their first ten-point run together.  Two free throws by Andrea Terranova helped but the real damage was done by junior Kayla Riley notching two layups, a free throw, and a three to tie the score at 21-21 three minutes before the half.

Newburyport had five turnovers and missed the front end of a one-and-one during this segment.

Aly Leahy (13 points) tries to steal from Dominque Ortiz as NHS coach Gregg Dollas watches

Aly Leahy (13 points) tries to steal from Dominque Ortiz as NHS coach Gregg Dollas watches

It was the Clippers’ turn to put points together in the third quarter after trailing, 31-27.  A nine-point streak featured an old-fashioned three by Abbie Bresnahan (9 points) and a normal three by Aly Leahy (13 points).  This collection of points put Newburyport ahead, 36-31, with a minute left in the third quarter.

The Clippers were able to hold onto the lead until the final minute of the game.

Both teams pressed and pressured wherever the ball was.  Neither team was very successful, as a result, in getting clean looks.  The usual result was a shot in traffic or a turnover.

rebound action

rebound action

The two teams combined for an unspectacular FIFTY turnovers.  Newburyport had 27 and Whittier 23, by my unofficial count.

Both teams missed seven free throws.  WT, however, connected twenty-three times including seven-of-eight in the final minute.  The Clippers hit nine free throws.

I was impressed by the speed and spark of sophomore Abbie Bresnahan.

Whittier has now won four straight.  They were 22-2 last season, losing in the Division 4 North final.  It is not hard to imagine the Wildcats doing well in the state tournament again this year.

The Clippers will have to wait another day to qualify for the state tournament.  They need one more win to get there.  They are scheduled to face Amesbury on Friday night (7PM) in their next game.

Whittier is scheduled to host non-league Gloucester on Wednesday (5:30PM).

Michaela Martin (16 points)

Michaela Martin (16 points)

Michaela Martin was a Lawrence Eagle Tribune All-Star last season.

Juniors Kayla Riley, Andrea Terranova, and Samnell Vonleh were Commonwealth Athletic Conference All-Stars in 2012-13.

WT has no seniors on their roster.

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Newburyport box

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Kayla Riley (13 points) sees an opening

Kayla Riley (13 points) sees an opening

Abbie Bresnahan drives on Andrea Terranova

Abbie Bresnahan drives on Andrea Terranova

Plenty of defenders around Emily Pettigrew

Plenty of defenders around Emily Pettigrew

Aly Leahy lines up a free throw

Aly Leahy lines up a free throw

Aly Leahy double teamed

Aly Leahy double teamed

Morgan Johnston eyes the hoop

Morgan Johnston eyes the hoop

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Undefeated Whittier wins easily over Greater Lowell 70-40 in girls basketball

Michaela Martin (24 points) gets in close as Catherine Sweeney tries to avoid fouling

Michaela Martin (24 points) gets in close as Catherine Sweeney tries to avoid fouling

Andrea Terranova (8 points) looks for an opening

Andrea Terranova (8 points) looks for an opening

(Haverhill)  Undefeated Whittier was terrific on both ends of the court and gained its fifteen win routing Greater Lowell, 70-40, in Commonwealth Conference action on Tuesday night.

Whittier has two losses on their record but those were exclusion games (don’t count in the standings) with Division 1 Brockton.

The way this game went was a big surprise because in an earlier meeting in January, the Wildcats (15-0) needed a strong final quarter to get a, 53-47, win.

This time any doubts about the outcome were settled by halftime as the home team led, 36-18.

The Gryphons (13-4) had serious trouble with the Whittier pressure from beginning to end.  I counted thirty-six turnovers against the visitors from Tyngsboro.  Seven of those mishandles were turned into instant layups.

Kayla Riley tries to split the Greater Lowell defense

Kayla Riley tries to split the Greater Lowell defense

The Wildcats were willing and able to use their speed on almost every possession.  They broke out after rebounding and many times outnumbered the defending Gryphons as a result.

Trying to play catch-up defense led to many GL fouls.  The Gryphons leading scorer, Catherine Sweeney, was a foul magnet and ended up playing very few minutes in the first half.

Greater Lowell, despite six turnovers, was in front, 5-4, in the first four minutes.  The rest of the first quarter, however,  was all Whittier as they went on a 10-2 run.

Sophomore Michaela Martin (24 points) turned two steals into baskets and also had a free throw during the surge.  The Wildcats led, 17-7, after a quarter.

Whittier’s advantage was, 30-18, with three minutes to go in the second quarter.  The Wildcats then did all of the scoring (six points) the rest of the quarter to extend their lead to, 36-18.  A successful jump shot by Samnell Vonleh (12 points) and two more layups for Michaela Martin produced the six points.

Taylor Sweeney (17 points)

Taylor Sweeney (17 points)

Taylor Sweeney (17 points) tallied eleven of her points in the first half for Greater Lowell.

The Gryphons had thirteen turnovers in the third quarter and their deficit reached twenty-six (54-26).

Kiana Guadaloupa connected on consecutive three’s in the final quarter.

Both teams are in Division 4.  It would be easy to see Whittier as one of the top D4 seeds in the post-season tournament.

I covered Whittier’s home loss in the first round last season to Georgetown.

The speed of Whittier was impressive.

The Wildcats have one senior (Jose Sanchez).  Most of the Whittier point producers were sophomores.

Samnell Vonleh (12 points) defended by Catherine Sweeney

Samnell Vonleh (12 points) defended by Catherine Sweeney

Sophomore Samnell Vonleh (6’4”) is developing a touch around the basket.  She can already rebound and block shots.  I saw her brother (Noah) play for New Hampton Prep in their win at Brewster Academy.  Noah has committed to Indiana.

Greater Lowell has now lost two straight.  They had a seven-game winning streak before the losses.

Whittier coach Kevin Bradley did the pre-game introductions.

Whittier box score

Greater Lowell box score

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Kiana Guadaloupa hit consecutive long shots

Kiana Guadaloupa hit consecutive long shots

Kayla Riley shoots in traffic

Kayla Riley shoots in traffic

Amanda Gage gets two

Amanda Gage gets two

Samantha Som breaks in

Samantha Som breaks in

Greater Lowell coach Brian Martin

Greater Lowell coach Brian Martin

Michaela Martin and Amanda Gage

Michaela Martin and Amanda Gage

 

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